Plan of Study
TCC Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts-General
NSU Bachelor of Arts in Geography
The Geography program at NSU offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. The geography major is a well-rounded, flexible, liberal arts degree and is good preparation for graduate work in geography or related disciplines. Students may select courses within the geography major to design a more applied program and career-oriented courses; such an applied focus prepares students for careers in both the public and private sector of the economy. Geographers work in such areas as environmental analysis and management, transportation, teaching, urban and regional planning, economic development, marketing research, resource management, retail site selection, historic preservation, and geospatial technology.
Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements for the Geography major at NSU. In addition to general education requirements obtaining an Associate in Science degree in Geography from TCC will provide 18 hours of the 36 hours of geography courses required for the major.
What it takes to complete a B.A. in Geography from NSU. If you don't complete your AA or AS at TCC, you will need to meet NSU's specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a B.A. in Geography. Of those hours, 60 must be from a four-year college or university, 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU. You must be English proficient; this means that you must pass English composition I & II with a "C" or better. Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete around 60 more hours in order to earn your B.A. in Geography. Specifically, the Geography (GEOG) major requires two core courses, three hours in human geography, three hours in physical geography, three hours in regional geography, six hours in geographic techniques, and an additional 15 hours in geography electives (18 hours of the geography major may be completed at TCC). The Geography major requires the completion of an 18-hour minor in another discipline of your choice.
How do my TCC classes transfer to NSU? Every class that you have taken at TCC will transfer to NSU. Each class will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor's degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes, but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor's degrees. A minor is 18 hours from an academic area of your choice, and it is designed to complement your major. Your advisor will help you determine your minor and the classes you will take to complete it. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. They allow you to explore your academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate. Most degree programs at NSU allow for some free electives. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in this category, up to the first 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.
When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at TCC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you. For more information call us at 918-444-3500 or visit the Geography program.